Australia rolls in spuds and swims in carrots.
In fact, the country’s potato farmers have grown enough of them in the past year to fill MCG. Do not just cover the sacred turf to the knee or to the top of the border fence. In fact, fill the 1.574 million cubic meter arena to the brim.
At least it’s a hell of a lot of moss.
Aussie carrot growers are not meandering either. They raised enough of the juicy orange blowers to pack 300 Olympic pools.
Australia’s vegetable growers are doing really well, according to AUSVEG’s national manager Shaun Lindhe.
Not only are they among agriculture’s strongest pastors, they are part of a technically advanced and fast-growing sector.
“It is a significant contributor to agricultural employment and provides economic benefits to all businesses throughout the agricultural supply chain,” Lindhe said.
“It’s the lifeblood of many regional and rural communities.”
As the top body for vegetable and potato producers, AUSVEG believes that the rest of Australia should also appreciate what they do.
#knowyourAUSVEG aims to spread the word about the sector’s significant contribution to the national economy, workers’ livelihoods and the health and well-being of every Australian, says Lindhe.
With an annual farmgate value of nearly $ 5 billion, it’s hard to argue.
Vegetables are Australia’s largest horticultural market, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
They are a bigger concern than fruits, nuts, flowers, turf and nursery products. They surpass most domestic meat markets and all forms of fishing, forestry and cereal crops.
The dollar value of the nine billion liters of milk produced by the country’s dairy herd is roughly on par.
“The vast majority of vegetables sold in Australia are grown in Australia,” Lindhe said.
“This huge effort is possible because of the hard work and determination of our growers and the support of the wider supply chain to … supply vegetables to Australian and international consumers.”
Australian farms have grown more than 3.8 million tonnes of vegetables in the past year, enough to put 87kg of them on the table for every woman, man and child.
The nation’s best vegie by value and volume is, of course, the humble spud. More than 1.45 million tons of them were dug from the ground and sold for $ 800 million.
Tomatoes are number two, with the annual harvest of 470,000 tons worth $ 560 million.
Australia’s leaf salad vegetables are valued at $ 410 million, mushrooms $ 360 million and broccoli $ 280 million.
By volume, carrots rank in third place (335,000 tons), onions in fourth place (270,000 tons) and lettuce in fifth place (139,000 tons).